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George Romero's Dawn of the Dead Standard 4K UHD/Blu-ray Release from Second Sight Coming in March

When there's barely any room left on the shelf... Dawn of the Dead will get a smaller release...

If you missed out on Second Sight's incredible Seven-Disc Dawn of the Dead Limited Edition set, you still get a crack at their 4-Disc Standard Edition 4K UHD/Blu-ray releases on March 22nd 2021!

Dawn of the Dead (1978) - 4K UHD Blu-ray Standard Edition

Dawn of the Dead (1978) - Blu-ray Standard Edition

While these Standard Edition releases miss out on the book and three Soundtrack CDs, you do get the better end of all the best bonus features. Note - the standard Blu-rays are Region-B locked while the three triple-layered 4K UHD Blu-rays are per usual Region Free. A domestic U.S. release is yet to happen - and probably will at some point - but this is a great option for fans who are tired of waiting. Also, if the price tag of that Limited Edition set was a little shocking, these standard releases are much more agreeable. 

As of right now, the only place I've seen these available for pre-order is on Zavvi. If/When Amazon UK or DiabolikDVD has these to offer for pre-order/sale, we'll update our listings accordingly. I personally ordered my Limited Edition 4K set from Zavvi and it was shipped and packed safely in a nice big box and crossed the Atlantic Pond and through customs and shipping during the busy holiday rush without issue. I heard some horror stories about some damaged deliveries, but that hasn't been my experience importing from UK retailers thus far. 

Here are the specs:

DISC 1 - THE THEATRICAL CUT (Region Free)

  • New 4K scan and restoration of the Original Camera Negative by Second Sight at Final Frame New York and London supervised and approved by DoP Michael Gornick
  • 4K UHD Blu-ray Presented in HDR10/HDR10+
  • Audio: DTS-HD Master Audio 1.0 Mono - New restoration of the original OCN Optical / DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 
  • Commentary by George A Romero, Tom Savini, Christine Forrest
  • NEW commentary by Travis Crawford
  • New optional English subtitles for the hearing impaired

DISC 2 – THE EXTENDED (‘CANNES’) CUT (Region Free)

  • Produced using 4K scan of the Theatrical Cut Original Camera Negative and 4K scan of the Extended Cut Colour Reversal Internegative
  • 4K UHD Blu-ray Presented in HDR10/HDR10+
  • DTS-HD Master Audio 1.0 Mono
  • Commentary by Richard P Rubinstein
  • New optional English subtitles for the hearing impaired

DISC 3 – THE ARGENTO CUT (Region Free)

  • 4K scan of the Interpositive by Michele De Angelis at Backlight Digital, Rome 
  • 4K UHD Blu-ray Presented in HDR
  • Audio: DT-HD Master Audio Mono 1.0 / Surround 5.1 / Stereo 2.0
  • Commentary by Ken Foree, Scott Reiniger, Gaylen Ross, David Emge
  • New optional English subtitles for the hearing impaired

BLU-RAY DISC 4 - SPECIAL FEATURES (Region B Blu-ray Both Sets)

  • NEW Zombies and Bikers, with John Amplas, Roy Frumkes, Tom Savini, Christine Forrest, Tom Dubensky, Tony Buba, Taso Stavrakis and a whole host of zombies and bikers! (59 mins)
  • NEW Memories of Monroeville: A tour of the mall with Michael Gornick, Tom Savini, Tom Dubensky and Taso Stavrakis (34 mins)
  • NEW Raising the Dead: The Production Logistics with Michael Gornick, Christine Forrest, John Amplas, Tom Dubensky (23 mins)
  • NEW The FX of Dawn with Tom Savini (13 mins)
  • NEW Dummies! Dummies! – An interview with Richard France (12 mins)
  • NEW The Lost Romero Dawn Interview: previously unreleased archive interview (20 mins)
  • Super 8 Mall Footage by zombie extra Ralph Langer with option of archive commentary by Robert Langer and new commentary by Ralph Langer (13 mins)
  • Document of the Dead: The Original Cut with optional commentary by Roy Frumkes (66 mins)
  • Document of the Dead: The Definitive Cut (100 mins)
  • The Dead Will Walk 2014 Documentary (80 mins)
  • Trailers, TV, and Radio Spots
Home Video Releases For The Week of January 19, 2021

Has certainly been an interesting tumultuous month outside of the entertainment industry. The goal of these weekly updates though serves one purpose, home entertainment updates.

Welcome to Episode 35 of our weekly look at the highlights of the week's home video releases.

4K Ultra HD Blu-ray/Digital Releases-

This week we see see three catalog titles hitting 4K disc.

Sony Pictures brings us the Roland Emmerich 2009 disaster film 2012. Films of this nature were never meant to be entirely and scientifically accurate, but they still entertain us for a couple of hours and make us think of how life in our reality could be different. This one has an array of camera sources and a 2K DI, but how Sony produces the final 4K disc, I do not know, you can bet that bare minimum the HDR aspect will improve this release.

 

Next, a pair of John Carpenter classics from the 80's, Prince of Darkness and They Live, brought to you by Scream Factory. These were restored by StudioCanal and released in the UK in 2018. Scream Factory no doubt took the same source but upped the ante a little bit by adding Dolby Atmos audio. We have done reviews of both releases already and they are favorable, follow the links and check them out. I hope they also release the other two films from the StudioCanal batch in 4K, Escape From New York and The Fog.

 

 

HD Blu-ray/Digital releases-

For 2K/HD disc releases this week, there's quite an assortment. As always, the highlights are here.

From Mill Creek, Accepted debuts on Blu-ray for the first time globally. Your Higness gets a Mill Creek reissue in case you missed the actual Universal Pictures release from 10 years ago.

 

Anime releases every week are expected, it's a huge industry and a fair market across the globe. Shout Factory releases a 15th Anniversary edition of Bartender. Note this does not have an English dub though. Sentai Filmworks releases Blade of the Immortal - Complete Series.

FUNimation brings us Part Two of Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba as well as Season 6 and Season 7 of the Dragon Ball Z SteelBook releases.

 

2019's Drama/Thriller Dreamland debuts from Paramount this week,

The synopsis sounds interesting, Dead Reckoning is being released by Shout/Scream factory this week. Keep in mind though that a synopsis doesn't paint the whole picture.

Still on track for this week, Arrow Video's reissue of JSA: Joint Security Area. This one is worthy of mention as the previous release is listed for upwards of $100 from 3rd party sellers.

Criterion Collectors should be eager to ponder Rolling Thunder Revue: A Bob Dylan Story by Martin Scorsese, two big names right there.

Notable announcements from last week:

There are a few B movie delays this week, no doubt related to the fact that there are not many places to produce discs any more and the COVID virus.

Warner Archive has announced their February titles, which include Baby Doll, Harley Quinn: The Complete First and Second Seasons, My Dream Is Yours, On Moonlight Bay, Pump Up the Volume, San Francisco, Show Boat (1951), Six by Sondheim and A Tale of Two Cities (1935).

Will you be singing 'Happy Trails To You' when I mention that MVD Rewind Collection will be releasing Mackintosh and T.J. on May 18th? I certainly hope so. So many of the classic westerns need to be preserved and this one is no exception.

4K Release Calendar

2K/BD Release Calendar

Which titles are you buying this week? Which ones are on your wishlist, be it to buy as an impulse buy or to wait for the right price? Slow week for me. I certainly want all three of the 4K releases, I actually preordered the Shout Factory ones on impulse when they were at a pretty low price on Amazon. Also have Demon Slayer Part Two and the DBZ #6 and #7 on order as well.



Let Him Go Starring Kevin Costner & Diane Lane Hits Blu-ray February 2nd.

Ma and Pa Kent from Man of Steel and Batman V Superman reunite for the thriller Let Him Go - now coming to Blu-ray on February 2nd from Universal Home Entertainment. Check out the trailer:

 

If you didn't check it out during it's Theater At Home run on various streaming platforms, this family thriller hits Blu-ray in a two-disc Blu-ray & DVD set with Digital Copy. No news on a 4K UHD Blu-ray option at this point, there was one rumored a while back but we don't know what happened with that plan. 

Preorders for Let Him Go are now live - I wouldn't worry about that initial price point, I'm sure it'll go down well before release day. 

Check out the full press release with tech specks below.


AVAILABLE TO OWN FOR THE FIRST TIME WITH EXCLUSIVE NEVER-BEFORE-SEEN BONUS CONTENT WITH CAST AND CREW DIVING DEEPER INTO THE EDGE-OF-YOUR-SEAT STORY

“CERTIFIED FRESH” ON ROTTEN TOMATOES
 
BE THE FIRST TO OWN IT ON DIGITAL JANUARY 19, 2021
BLU-RAYTM AND DVD FEBRUARY 2, 2021
FROM UNIVERSAL PICTURES HOME ENTERTAINMENT
 

“WILDLY ENTERTAINING” – PETE HAMMOND, DEADLINE

 

Universal City, California, January 12, 2021 – Witness how far one family will go to rescue one of their own in the riveting and emotionally charged action-drama LET HIM GO, available to own for the first time on Digital on January 19, 2021 and on Blu-ray™, DVD and On Demand on February 2, 2021 from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. Based on the novel of the same name by New York Times acclaimed author Larry Watson, the intense thriller reunites Academy Award® nominee Diane Lane (TrumboUnfaithful) and Academy Award® winner Kevin Costner (“Yellowstone,” Hidden Figures) as a husband and wife who set out to save their young grandson from the clutches of a ruthless family. Hailed as “original and suspenseful” (Owen Gleiberman, Variety), the visually stunning, Rotten Tomatoes Certified Fresh® film is set in the 1960’s American West and explores the bonds of family, the power of love and the necessity of sacrifice. Featuring never-before-seen bonus content with the film’s cast and crew, LET HIM GO on Blu-ray™, DVD and Digital includes exclusive extras taking audiences behind the scenes with the cast and crew diving deeper into the western-tinged drama.
 
After their life is set off course following the tragic loss of their son, retired sheriff George Blackledge (Costner) and his wife Margaret (Lane) leave their Montana ranch on a mission through the North Dakota desert to rescue their young grandson from a dangerous family living off the grid. Navigating tragedy and tumult, the couple soon discover that the Weboy family, a deep-rooted local clan led by ruthless matriarch Blanche (Academy Award® nominee Lesley Manville; Phantom ThreadOrdinary Love)  has no intention of letting the child go, forcing George and Margaret to ask how far they will go to fight for their family. Proclaimed by critics as 
“beautifully acted by Costner and Lane” (Glenn Kenny, The New York Times)LET HIM GO is filled with powerful performances and explores the strengths of family ties, the bittersweet and brutal cost of vengeance and the true stakes of heroism set against an iconic American backdrop.
 
Writer and director Thomas Bezucha (The Family StoneBig Eden) delivers a “compelling” (Pete Hammond, Deadline) and intensely visceral adaptation that authentically brings a bygone era to life in the heart-pounding revenge rescue tale. With an exceptional cast lead by Lane, Costner and Manville, LET HIM GO is rounded out by Jeffrey Donovan (“Fargo,” Sicario), Kayli Carter (Bad Education, “Mrs. America”), Booboo Stewart (The Twilight SagaThe Grizzlies) and Will Brittain (Kong: Skull IslandEverybody Wants Some). Accompanied by a hopeful and haunting score by Academy Award® winning composer Michael Giacchino (UpJurassic World series) that pulls the audience deeper into the story, LET HIM GOs phenomenal performances and majestic landscapes are punctuated by palpable tension and shocking moments of terror, raising the ominous mood of the “searing thriller” (Glenn Kenny, The New York Times) that will have everyone on the edge of their seats throughout the film.
 
With the purchase of LET HIM GO on disc or digital, fans are eligible to earn points towards special rewards via the Universal All-Access Rewards program. Members can redeem their points for digital movies, signed collectables, box sets, win exclusive prizes and more! For FREE registration and details please visit www.MyUniversalRewards.com.  
 
BONUS FEATURES AVAILABLE ON BLU-RAYTM, DVD AND DIGITAL:
  • The Blackledges: Kevin Costner & Diane Lane – Stars Diane Lane and Kevin Costner share personal insights into their characters and why finally having the chance to work together was an opportunity neither party could pass up.
  • The Making of LET HIM GO – Take a deeper look at the emotional journey the Blackledges embark on, the period specific production design, and Director/Writer Thomas Bezucha's inspiration in adapting the novel for screen.
  • Lighting the Way: Thomas Bezucha – Director/Writer Thomas Bezucha shares his process in developing the story while the cast and crew discuss what makes him the perfect person to bring this film to life.
LET HIM GO will be available on Blu-rayTM, DVD and Digital.
  • Blu-rayTM unleashes the power of your HDTV and is the best way to watch movies at home, featuring 6X the picture resolution of DVD, exclusive extras and theater-quality surround sound.
  • Digital lets fans watch movies anywhere on their favorite devices. Users can instantly stream or download.
  • MOVIES ANYWHERE is the digital app that simplifies and enhances the digital movie collection and viewing experience by allowing consumers to access their favorite digital movies in one place when purchased or redeemed through participating digital retailers. Consumers can also redeem digital copy codes found in eligible Blu-rayTM and DVD disc packages from participating studios and stream or download them through Movies Anywhere. MOVIES ANYWHERE is only available in the United States. For more information, visit https://moviesanywhere.com.
FILMMAKERS:
Cast: Diane Lane, Kevin Costner and Lesley Manville
Casting By: Avy Kaufman, CSA
Music By: Michael Giacchino
Costume Designer: Carol Case
Edited By: Jeffrey Ford, ACE  Meg Reticker
Production Designer: Trevor Smith
Director of Photography: Guy Godfree, CSC
Executive Producers: Jeffrey Lampert, Josh McLaughlin, Kimi Armstrong Stein, Kevin Costner
Produced By: Paula Mazur, Mitchell Kaplan, Thomas Bezucha
Based on the Novel By: Larry Watson
Written for the Screen and Directed By: Thomas Bezucha
  

TECHNICAL INFORMATION BLU-RAY:

Street Date: February 2, 2021
Selection Number: 62211532 (US) / 62214399 (CDN)
Layers: BD-50
Aspect Ratio: 16:9 2.39:1 Widescreen
Rating: R for Violence
Sound: English DTS-HD Master Audio 7.1, English Dolby Digital 2.0, French European DTS-HD High Resolution Audio 7.1, Latin American Spanish DTS Digital Surround Sound 5.1
Languages/Subtitles: 
English SDH, French-Canadian, French European and Latin American Spanish Subtitles  
Run Time: 1:53:28
 

TECHNICAL INFORMATION DVD:
Street Date: February 2, 2021
Selection Number: 62211531 (US) / 62212616 (CDN)
Layers: DVD 9
Aspect Ratio: 16:9 2.39:1 Anamorphic Widescreen
Rating: R for Violence
Sound: English Dolby Digital 5.1, English Dolby Digital 2.0, French European and Latin American Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1
Languages/Subtitles: English SDH, French Canadian, French European and Latin American Spanish Subtitles
Run Time: 1:53:28
Dredd (2012) Is Getting A New 4K UHD Blu-ray SteelBook From Best Buy

Are you ready? You look ready to buy Dredd on 4K UHD Blu-ray all over again. As has been Lionsgate's pattern of late with recent releases like Halloween or The Evil Dead - they're dusting off another popular fan favorite and giving it an elaborate decorative deluxe SteelBook release exclusive to Best Buy. Not that I really need to buy Dredd again for what would be the third time - I'm willing because I'm really digging this new artwork. - 

 

I'm a big fan of this movie and dearly wished it had been able to move forward with sequel plans. The fan campaign to buy Dredd as many times as you can to influence the purse-string holders to finance a new movie is long dead - but I'm willing to jump in for an artwork upgrade not only because this is a badass piece - but I've never liked the original poster art for Dredd - looked exactly like Ben Affleck's Daredevil. 

 

The Dredd 4K UHD Blu-ray SteelBook is up for pre-order on Best Buy

Rick and Morty: The Complete Seasons 1-4 Coming March 2

With Rick and Morty Season 5 arriving maybe possibly (who knows really) sometime in 2021 - Warner Brothers collects the previous seasons into one nice convenient box set. This has been their habit throughout the series' run thus far so this isn't too surprising a release. They did a Season 1 & 2 box ser, a Season 1 & 3 box set - and I'm sure eventually after Season 5 arrives - there will be a box set for that too. If you've been on the fence picking the series up, it's still damn funny. 

Season 4 wasn't peak material in my book, but it was still pretty damn funny. Those last few episodes saved what was starting out to be a pretty mediocre season. And in case you're worried about extra features or anything like that, these sets are merely collecting the already available discs so nothing new in that regard.

As of this writing, Rick and Morty: The Complete Seasons 1-4 is not yet available for pre-order but should be soon. When it's up we'll update the listing. 

Here's the full press release from Warner Brothers Home Entertainment:


Adult Swim’s Two-Time Emmy® Award Winning Series
Brings Home All the Antics
Own the Out-of-this-World Box Set on Blu-ray™ & DVD
March 2, 2021 from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment
 
BURBANK, CA (January 12, 2021) Wubba-lubba-dub-dub! From creators Justin Roiland (“Adventure Time”) and Dan Harmon (“Community”), go on an intergalactic journey across the multi-verse with the release of Rick and Morty: Seasons 1-4 boxed set from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment on March 2, 2021.  Get ready to binge on one of cables #1 watched comedies - and follow the misadventures of America’s favorite crazy scientist and his grandchildren with this outrageous boxed set which includes all 41 episodes from the first four seasons of the award-winning series, along with copious special features, including audio commentary, deleted scenes, “Inside the Episode” segments, numerous featurettes, past animatic sketches, and more. For a limited time, fans who purchase the set will receive an exclusive poster from the series. Rick and Morty: Seasons 1-4 is priced to own at $79.99 SRP for the DVD ($89.99 in Canada) and $89.99 SRP for the Blu-ray ($99.99 in Canada), which includes a Digital Copy (U.S. only). Rick and Morty also available to own on Digital via purchase from digital retailers.
After having been missing for nearly 20 years, Rick Sanchez suddenly arrives at daughter Beth's doorstep to move in with her and her family. Although Beth welcomes Rick into her home, her husband, Jerry, isn't as happy about the family reunion. Jerry is concerned about Rick, a sociopathic scientist, using the garage as his personal laboratory. In the lab, Rick works on a number of sci-fi gadgets, some of which could be considered dangerous. But that's not all Rick does that concerns Jerry. He also goes on adventures across the universe that often involve his children, Morty and Summer.
With Blu-ray’s unsurpassed picture and sound, Rick and Morty: Season 1-4 Blu-ray release will include 1080p Full HD Video with DTS-HD Master Audio for English 5.1. Featuring all 41 episodes from the season 1-4 in high definition, as well as a digital code of the seasons (available in the U.S. only).
DIGITAL
Rick and Morty is available to own on Digital. Digital allows consumers to instantly stream and download all episodes to watch anywhere and anytime on their favorite devices. Digital is available from various retailers including iTunes, Amazon Video, Google Play, Vudu, PlayStation, Xbox and others. A Digital Code is also included in the U.S. with the purchase of specially marked Blu-ray discs for redemption and cloud storage.
 
BONUS FEATURES
Season 1
  • Commentaries for Every Episode
  • Animatics for Every Episode
  • Behind the Scenes
  • Deleted Scenes
Season 2
  • Commentaries for Every Episode
  • Animatics for Every Episode
  • Deleted Animatic Sketches
  • Rick and Morty Season 2 Premiere Party Featuring Chaos Chaos
Season 3
  • Commentaries for Every Episode
  • Animatics for Every Episode
  • “Inside the Episode” for Every Episode
  • Exclusive “Inside the Recording Booth”
  • Origins of Rick and Morty Part 1 & 2
Season 4
  • A Day at Rick and Morty: Inside Season 4
  • “Inside the Episode” for Every Episode
  • Creating Snake Jazz
  • Directing Rick and Morty
  • Samurai and Shogun
  • Prop Process
  • Character Creation
  • Animation Challenges
41 (22 Minute) EPISODES
Season 1
  1. Pilot
  2. Lawnmower Dog
  3. Anatomy Park
  4. M. Night Shaym-Aliens!
  5. Meeseeks and Destroy
  6. Rick Potion #9
  7. Raising Gazorpazorp
  8. Rixty Minutes
  9. Something Ricked This Way Comes
  10. Close Rick-Counters of the Rick Kind
  11. Ricksy Business
Season 2
  1. A Rickle in Time
  2. Mortynight Run
  3. Auto Erotic Assimilation
  4. Total Rickcall
  5. Get Schwifty
  6. The Ricks Must Be Crazy
  7. Big Trouble In Little Sanchez
  8. Interdimensional Cable 2: Tempting Fate
  9. Look Who’s Purging Now
  10. The Wedding Squanchers
Season 3
  1. The Rickshank Rickdemption
  2. Rickmancing the Stone
  3. Pickle Rick
  4. Vindicators 3: The Return of Worldender
  5. The Whirly Dirly Conspiracy
  6. Rest and Ricklaxation
  7. The Ricklantis Mixup
  8. Morty’s Mind Blowers
  9. The ABC’s of Beth
  10. The Rickchurian Mortydate
Season 4
  1. Edge of Tomorty: Rick Die Rickpeat
  2. The Old Man and the Seat
  3. One Crew over the Crewcoo’s Morty
  4. Claw and Hoarder: Special Ricktim’s Morty
  5. Rattlerstar Ricklactica
  6. Never Ricking Morty
  7. Promotyus
  8. The Vat of Acid Episode
  9. Childrick of Mort
  10. Star Morty Rickturn of the Jerri
BASICS
DVD Release Date: March 2, 2021
Presented in 16x9 widescreen format
Total Runtime: Approx. 919
8 DVD-9 / 4 BD-50
Audio – English (5.1)
Subtitles – English SDH
Rated: TV-MA
DVD Price: $79.99 SRP ($89.99 in Canada)
Blu-ray Price: $89.99 SRP ($99.99 in Canada)
Home Video Releases For The Week of January 12, 2021

Not a lot to really bring front and center this week about the entertainment industry, other than to say welcome to Episode 34 of our weekly look at what's coming to Home Video.

 

4K Ultra HD Blu-ray/Digital Releases-

There are no 4K discs slated for this week in the U.S. market. This whole month is a bit light actually.

 

HD Blu-ray/Digital releases-

On the Blu-ray front though, it's an average week. So, without further adieu, let's get right to it.

The anime category has a handful of titles this week worth your time. In no particular order (except maybe alphabetical) they are: Boruto: Naruto Next Generations - Set 8 (Shadow of the Curse Mark), Fruits Basket: Season 2 Part 1, available as a standard edition and as a Limited Edition, Girls und Panzer: This is the Real Anzio Battle!, a movie titled Lupin III: The FIrst available in a standard edition and as a SteelBook,

 

Mill Creek has another batch of VHS Retro Look titles this week, they are Blind Fury, Crossroads, The Freshman and Like Father Like Son. Also from Mill Creek, the next Ultraman release, this one is titled Ultraman Taro - The Complete Series and is available as a standard edition and as a SteelBook.

If you're a Criterion collector, there is one title this week that I personally know nothing about, Minding the Gap.

 

Lionsgate has an action sci-fi release titled Skylines. Somehow this one looks familiar but yet it is not, and no, I'm not thinking of Pacific Rim either.

 

The 2020 horror/thriller Spell comes to you this week from Paramount.

 

Notable announcements from last week:

Very slow week for announcements, as expected, but with the holidays over they will resume.

Amazon has listed a street date of February 23 for The Croods: A New Age, I probably would accept that as accurate.

Severin films has announced their April slate of titles, some of them were pending since 2012 and were to be released by Scorpion Releasing. The titles are Day of the Animals, Deep Blood, Grizzly and Santa Sangre. The latter will also be available on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray as a 4-disc deluxe editon, look for them under April 27th.

4K Release Calendar

2K/BD Release Calendar

Which titles are you buying this week? Which ones are on your wishlist, be it to buy as an impulse buy or to wait for the right price? One title preordered, the Lupin III SteelBook release. I've got a very short wishlist this week, Buried Alive and Skilines. A couple of the Mill Creek retro titles mildly interest me as well.



Goodbye Family Video - The Last Remaining Major Rental Shop Chain To Close

In an announcement released yesterday to email subscribers and on the Family Video Website and social media accounts, Keith Hoogland has announced the end of an era. You can read the letter here

As people moved to the convenience of online streaming platforms to get their movie fixes, the video rental shop business model steadily disappeared. Except for Family Video. Where the dominoes fell fast for chains like Blockbuster and Hollywood Video (where I slung videos from 2008-2010 in Ann Arbor, Michigan) the small spunky upstart managed the impossible - it hung on. Understanding rural areas didn't get the same fast dedicated internet speeds needed for a quality streaming experience, the company adjusted its business model to keep to small towns and cities. But just because they catered to the needs of a smaller local audience, didn't mean they sidestepped new format advancements or tastes.

Where my in-laws live there's a Family Video and while renting something never made sense for how short our visits usually are (and I have vastly different tastes in movies), I always liked to drop in and look around. It was a delightful dip through nostalgic memories complete with raiding the Previously Viewed titles for great deals. I also loved they had a dedicated Criterion Collection section - something I hadn't seen since my Hollywood Video days. Sadly, I won't get to do that again. As COVID-19 swept across the country it knocked out their foot traffic and with precious few new releases coming to disc, they couldn't survive. Lasting over 10 years longer than the likes of Movie Gallery, Blockbuster, or Hollywood Video, Family Video's end effectively closes the last chapter of an era where people actually left their homes to find a new movie to watch for the weekend.

While this doesn't come as much of a consultation, the Family Video website will live on. In recent years they've become a great resource for collectors offering solid deals on previously viewed discs but also great sales from niche and boutique studios. I personally take advantage of their Arrow, Criterion, and most recently their Blue Underground sale. Their regular 50% off Arrow Video sale alone has helped me save a ton while adding some great titles to my collection that I otherwise would have waited on or passed altogether. 

So far, I haven't seen any details for closing sales and deals on the store level - if you live near one let us know! One of the worst parts of helping my Hollywood Video close and then visiting subsequent Blockbuster locations was picking through the bones of the shops for titles. But at the same time, I felt like I was preserving a part of a larger collection. I still have several of my old Hollywood Video titles with clunky thick plastic cases and genre stickers covering up part of the spines. Even as I've replaced those titles with Blu-ray or even 4K UHD, I haven't had the heart to let those old memories go. If you're lucky to live near one of these shops that will be closing its doors, see if you can't mask up and make a final visit. 


Home Video Releases For The Week of January 5, 2021

First full week of 2021 right here folks! Have you broken your New Year's resolution yet? Here's hoping this year will be a good one.

Welcome to Episode 33 of our weekly look at the highlights of what's coming out on home video this week.

4K Ultra HD Blu-ray/Digital Releases-

Just a single 4K disc this week, the 2020 Adventure/Comedy Love and Monsters. I don't know enough about this one to comment any further.

 

HD Blu-ray/Digital releases-

So far it looks like the month of January is pretty evenly divided for Blu-ray releases. Here's the highlights for this week.

Warner Archive brings us The 100: The Complete Seventh and Final Season. Seven seasons seems a compfortable number with a lot of great shows.

With Sir Sean Connery gone, it's fitting to have a reissue of 1975's The Man Who Would Be King, which no doubt is simply a more exonomical package. Maybe one of our readers could comment, is there any basis to this movie and the more recent The Kid Who Would Be King.

 

In the Anime category, Black Bullet - Complete Collection might be worth your time. R-Rated anime includes Blood Sisters and Devilman - Special Edition, Amazon lists them as next week but the studio's site and other retailers indicate they are out this week.

Kino Lorber has a few noteworthy titles each week, but the one that might catch your eyes is Captain Newman, M.D., starring Gregory Peck & Tony Curtis. A previously delayed title Ingagi comes out this week, but relabeled as one of their Forbidden Fruit titles, this one is Volume 8 for those keeping track. It's dubbed as "the greatest movie hoax" which piques my interest a little.

 

Kino Partner, Code Red, has a fun 80's title this week, Savage Streets. Those growing up on Vestron Video, MTV when they played music and even HBO when it was in its infancy should remember this one. Kino's other partner, Scorpion Releasing, brings us Tintorera, another shark movie trying to make a buck from the success of Jaws. On its own this one is not a bad movie.

 

Love and Monsters also gets a Blu-ray release as well.

Criterion Collectors have one release to ponder this week, Three Films by Luis Buñuel, which include The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie, The Phantom of Liberty and That Obscure Object of Desire.

Both Friday releases are Operas, Beethoven: Lenore and The Fiery Angel.

Notable announcements from last week:

The Time Travelers (1964) was slated for this week, but sort of went *poof* with no new date listed.

Another 3D Blu-ray announcement, this time from Kino Lorber, the Kung-Fu action filled title Dynasty. Featuring Digital 3D, analyph 3D and digital 2D, plus restored 4 channel sound.

Monster Hunter now has order links, both for the Blu-ray and the 4K Combo, and has a tentative street date of March 30. I would expect all sorts of retailer exclusives on this one, if not domestically, perhaps overseas.

Castlevania: Season Three just got listed as well, but no official announcements yet. Also, from the same distributer, His Dark Materials: Season Two also got a listing, announcement expected very soon. Season One in my opinion had a much better release in the UK. This show was produced in 4K, so the lack of a 4K disc option annoys one to no end.

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2K/BD Release Calendar

Which titles are you buying this week? Which ones are on your wishlist, be it to buy as an impulse buy or to wait for the right price? I do have Blood Sisters, Devilman and Shrine of the Morning Mist on order. Love and Monsters 4K could be an impulse buy. A Gravitas release that I might consider, Nina of the Woods. Savage Streets and Tintorera are distant wish list items.



The Mandalorian - Mondo Original Soundtrack 8XLP Box Set Unboxing

While we don't normally cover things outside of the realm of movie releases on disc or digital and the occasional breakdown of a new piece of tech - we're compelled to make an exception. Mondo Shop always has great collectibles for film fans from posters to action figures, but their limited edition vinyl soundtracks are a huge draw - and this 8 LP set for Ludwig Göransson's The Mandalorian Season One Original Score is a premier example. Here's Bryan Kluger's Unboxing Video of this impressive set:

 

As of now, this set is currently Sold Out - but there are some copies circulating boutique retailers and there are sets available on resale websites. Mondo always has great stuff coming out - Posters, Figures, and Deluxe Vynal sets. So if you're a feverish collector, be sure to check MondoShop often! Items are usually pretty limited and sell out fast - especially posters! I've missed out on my fair share of prints over the years.

Hope you enjoyed this unboxing video - we're looking to do more of this type of content in addition to our usual rung of disc reviews in the future! 

4K UHD Blu-ray Releases - January 2021!

New Year - New 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Releases - or at least a few.

After the amazingly exciting and aggressive 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray release slate in December from the major and niche studios, things calm down a little bit in January. Our wallets certainly could use the time to recover a little bit! But, as our bank accounts recharge a little, there are some solid releases coming up for this month as we head into an interesting slate for February and March. The big heavy hitters are a pair of John Carpenter releases from Scream Factory - They Live and Prince of Darkness which were previously only available in the EU from Studio Canal - if you didn't import them, they're excellent discs and there's no reason to believe that Scream Factory is using a different master for these. 

Here's what's coming up -


January 5th, 2021 

Love and Monsters - 4K UHD Blu-ray 

 

 


January 19th, 2021 

2012 - 4K UHD Blu-ray 

 

 

They Live - 4K UHD Blu-ray 

 

Prince of Darkness - 4K UHD Blu-ray 

 

 


January 26th, 2021 

Batman: Soul of the Dragon - 4K UHD Blu-ray 

 

Batman: Soul of the Dragon Best Buy Exclusive w/ Figure- 4K UHD Blu-ray 

 

 


That's everything on the 4K UHD Blu-ray release front for January - that we know of. Studios are fun this time of year randomly dropping surprise releases on our doorstep so stay tuned for updates and reveiws! 

Anything you're aiming to grab this month - let us know in the Disqus comments below!  

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